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Vicksburg is a city in Warren County, Mississippi, United States. It is located 234 miles (377 km) northwest of New Orleans on the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers, and 40 miles (65 km) due west of Jackson, the state capital. Vicksburg is considered a cultural landmark in the American South and is home to the Southern Cultural Heritage Center, Vicksburg Military Park, and (opening soon) the Lower Mississippi River Museum.

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  1. On March 12, 1894, the popular soft drink Coca-Cola was bottled for the first time in Vicksburg by Joseph A. Biedenharn, a local confectioner.
  2. Vicksburg is home to the McRaven House, said to be "one of the most haunted houses in Mississippi".
  3. A made-for-TV movie version of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, based on Maya Angelou's memoir, was filmed in Vicksburg.
  4. Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis both saw Vicksburg as “the key” to the Confederacy.
  5. Inaccurate artillery fire, during the Civil War, frequently struck buildings in the City of Vicksburg, prompting civilians to live in a series of subterranean caves for protection.

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